Archive for March, 2011

Get Ready! Get Set! Save!!!

If you haven’t heard about the new savings craze, brace yourself!  The next time you’re out shopping at the local grocer or pharmacy, see if you can spot a shopper armed with a binder.  A binder, you ask?  Why would anyone walk around carrying a binder while shopping?  The simple answer…couponing. 

Super savvy shoppers have found a way for stores to practically pay them for shopping by wisely tendering coupons at the register.  Couponing isn’t just about occasionally saving a few pennies here and there.  It’s a lifestyle. 

Couponers approach saving from a different perspective than most shoppers.  They don’t believe in paying asking price for grocery items, they pride themselves on matching coupons to sales cycles, and they stockpile goods for the long haul.  Couponers know price match policies and which stores will double – even triple – the face value of coupons.

I’ve long-considered myself a savvy shopper who knew about sales cycles and I could spot a good sale when I saw one.  A few times each year, I take such great advantage of sales at Kroger, that I leave feeling like I’ve robbed them!  I’ve been known to go crazy stocking up on $1.50 boxes of cereal and 25-cent cans of veggies in quantities that would sometimes draw stares from other shoppers.  I carry a coupon wallet in my purse and use targeted coupons that Kroger mails directly to me based on my previous shopping habits.  I’ve even loaded e-coupons onto my savings card and printed coupons from various online resources, but coupon queens put my shopping skills to shame with their ultra-keen savings strategies.

So, I’ve decided to embark on a couponing journey to learn as much as I can about the strategy and will try it on my very next trip to the grocery store and pharmacy.

I’ve already purchased a binder and dividers with inserts for coupons.  All that’s left is to gather and organize coupons, familiarize myself with store coupon policies, match my coupons to sales cycles, make my shopping list, put on my walking shoes, and save!  Sounds easy, huh?  We’ll see!

Wish me luck!

What couponing advice would you offer to an aspiring coupon queen?  Post your comments here!

Love to all!

CC

Activity Burnout

Our family of six is busy like most modern families.  Work, school, dance, scouts, church, friends, etc. all compete for the very limited resource of time.  We do most of our activities, because they are fun and bring us joy, but others things like work and school are simply necessary.

I don’t know if it’s just my family, or if others out there are going through the same thing, but we’re in desperate need of a break!  The cold, snowy (and lately) rainy winter doesn’t do much to help adjust our attitudes.

Thank goodness spring break is just around the corner.  Otherwise, we just might go stir crazy.  We’re looking forward to being unplugged from the usual rat race.  No office or home phones ringing.  Cell phones will be off or on silent.  Computer usage will be limited to getting ideas on where to go and what to do at our vacation destination.  Facebook is forbidden.  We plan to just relax and enjoy each other’s company.  Old school entertainment like board games will become the new norm for our vacation this year.  The low-tech board games, not the new ones. :-)

Lenten Season

Today is Ash Wednesday and I’m excited about the start of Lenten season.  For the first time ever, I’ve decided to give up something, but not for the sake of just giving up something.  I’m doing it in honor of the One who died on a cross to wash away my sins. 

Sacrificing something (which I will not discuss here) for such a great cause makes me feel great about what I’m doing and motivates me to not miss what will be sacrificed for a few weeks.  I may end up realizing that I don’t need it in my life after all!

I’m looking forward to spending my extra time getting more in touch with God by reading His word more often, studying devotionals, praying, and listening to what He has to say to me.

My church puts on a passion play this time of year.  (If you’ve never attended a passion play anywhere, I urge you to do so.  It might just change your life!)  I have tickets to see the production on Good Friday and I can’t wait to see it!  Hearing the story of Jesus is always a reminder about how great God’s love is for all of us…even those of us who feel that we’re too broken for Him.  God heals all wounds and accepts ALL of His children.

Get to know him this season!